EPISODE #223

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (1)

  • Jack Carter: (regarding the first contestant) Is she one of the "Rockettes" we can take to the moon?

Notes (5)

  • TODAY'S BASEBALL GAME: On Sunday, September 5, 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the New York Giants 7-4 for their only win in a weekend series at the Polo Grounds. Tonight's mystery guest, Duke Snider, was two for five with a run batted in. Tonight's other mystery guest, Sal Maglie, did not play in today's game, because he had started the Friday afternoon game. cerfnet (2009) FRIDAY'S BASEBALL GAME: On Friday, September 3, 1954, the New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 7-4 in a game played at the Polo Grounds. Tonight's mystery guest, Sal Maglie, started this game for the Giants. He pitched six innings, giving up six hits. He gave up four runs while walking three and also struck out three. He did not figure in the outcome of the game since the Giants rallied to win with one run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to break the 4-4 tie. Tonight's other mystery guest, Duke Snider, was one for five and singled in a first inning run for Brooklyn off Maglie. This win gave the Giants a four game lead over the second place Dodgers as the season entered its final three weeks. - cerfnet (2009)

  • (1) BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on July 10, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one figure from the world of baseball appearing in each episode, as tied in to the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. (2) DUKE SNIDER: In 1981, Duke Snider was one of three baseball legends immortalized in the song "Willie, Mickey and The Duke (Talkin' Baseball)" by Terry Cashman (Lifesong single #LS 45086). Coincidentally or not, all three people mentioned in the song's title - Snider, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays - have appeared at one time or another on "WML?" as mystery guests. - W-B (2006) (3) GSN "REGULAR ROTATION" AIRING TALLY: Besides the aforementioned Baseball Hall of Fame tribute airing in 2006, GSN aired this episode in "regular rotation" on June 21, 2008. The prior "regular rotation" airings were on February 4, 2005, and before that, on December 23, 2002. (4) "STEVE ALLEN ERA" WATCH: Though Mr. Allen is not on tonight -- instead, funnyman Jack Carter, making what proved to be his only CBS-TV "WML?" appearance, is filling in on the panel, and his "Mr. Carter" nameplate is in a slightly larger size of type than the other panelists' plaques -- it is officially two shows from now that the "Steve Allen era" of "WML?" comes to an end, though in terms of extant episodes, only one such show is left. As for Mr. Carter, he will only be on "WML?" one more time, as a mystery guest in a 1970 episode of the syndicated version. (5) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor for this evening's edition is Remington electric shavers. (6) Though the practice of handing out awards every other week for "WML?" appears to have petered out around this time, it continued to be reflected for the next several years in the first words of the off-camera announcer's introductory salutation, "And now, let's meet our award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel." Or, as worded from 1959 to 1961, "And now, let's meet our award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" (7) This was the first of two appearances apiece for both the New York Giants' Sal Maglie and the Brooklyn Dodgers' Duke Snider on "WML?" The next, and last, time Mr. Maglie appeared on the show was on EPISODE #331 of October 7, 1956, by which time he was pitching for the Dodgers. Mr. Snider's other "WML?" appearance, also as a mystery guest, was on the special West Coast EPISODE #397 of January 12, 1958, some three months before the Dodgers began their first season as a Los Angeles team. The lower-third overlay screens shown as they were signing in were set in the font used over the years for "last-minute" overlays. (8) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN carried on with its excessive and egregious "crunching" of the end credits on the June 21, 2008 airing of this episode. (9) Right after the June 21, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN aired the June 20, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen and coming "live from New York," with the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest was Sam Levenson. It should be noted that as far as GSN was concerned, this "IGAS" episode aired exactly 42 years to the day from its original broadcast, as by their count, the cable and satellite channel's "broadcast day" airing date was June 20, 2008. - W-B (2008)

  • MANY AWARDS FOR WHAT'S MY LINE? - From 1950 to this episode in September 1954, it was evident that the magazine readers of America loved "What's My Line?" As Bennett mentions on this show, the series has won 32 national awards. Featured awards have been from the following publications, with "WML?" often winning in multiple years: TV Guide Gold Metal Award, Look magazine award, Chicago's TV Forecast magazine award, Motion Picture Daily magazine award, Radio-TV Mirror magazine award, American Weekly Magazine award, Sylvania TV award, Radio & Television Daily award, and probably more! However, past this point in time, the awards seemingly abruptly stop. At any rate, the awards are not mentioned on the air as they have been in prior years. Maybe the polls went out of vogue? - Suzanne (2006)

  • BASEBALL: NY Giants pitcher Sal Maglie and Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Duke Snider are the mystery challengers this evening, and it took the panel quite a while to figure out that there were two guests. Sal's nickname "The Barber" was also referenced tonight. He earned this nickname because of his tendency to keep hitters off the inside of the plate with high-and-tight pitches, thereby giving them a "close shave." - Suzanne (2005) BASEBALL: The panel's obvious adoration for "baseball folk" was again present on this episode. You can really tell that this was such a different time, as apparently baseball was holding (at least New York) in thrall in a way that doesn't happen anymore with the fragmentation of the culture. Of course, having the Dodgers and Giants in a pennant race to likely face the "hated" Yankees in the World Series may have had a lot to do with the enthusiasm shown! - Scott V. (2005)

  • REVIEW: After a particularly slow start, the panel had a pretty decent evening. The panel was totally stumped by the tall first contestant, who was one of the famed Radio City Rockettes. Although they did guess that music had something to do with her line, they never quite narrowed it down to the fact that she was a dancer, which probably would have really opened up some doors. They had better luck with the second contestant, who made flea powder. Dorothy figured out that he dealt with this substance, but she couldn't narrow it down. However, guest panelist Jack Carter managed to figure out that he made it. For the mystery guest round, the panel was put through the wringer as Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Sal Maglie of the Giants had fun with them. One way they really confused the panel was when Snider was asked if he were a Dodger and Maglie answered "no," and vice versa. However, they did manage to "see" through their charade and Bennett was able to correctly guess their identities. - Sargebri (2005) For the record, the Giants wound up winning the National League pennant that year and went on to win the 1954 World Series, defeating the heavily favored Cleveland Indians by sweeping the series 4-0. What most people remember about that series was a spectacular defensive play. Game #1 was held at the Polo Grounds and the fans in attendance witnessed what is considered by many to be the greatest defensive play in baseball history. With the opener tied at 2-2 (in the eighth inning) and two Cleveland runners on base, Willie Mays made a spinning, over-the-shoulder catch (of a 460-foot smash from Vic Wertz) in deep centerfield and fired a bullet to the infield that held the runners from tagging up and scoring. Despite a comeback rally later in the game, the Giants held on for the 5-2 win after pinch-hitter Dusty Rhodes (a .341 hitter in part-time duty) hit a three-run, tenth-inning home run off of Bob Lemon. The Indians never recovered after that, and as they say, the rest is history. - Sargebri (2005) Tidbits: Dorothy referred to guest panelist Jack Carter as a "brilliant comic" and said he had been a previous mystery guest. Since he has not been a previous mystery guest on the CBS television show, he possibly was a mystery guest on the 1952-1953 WML radio show. Bennett announced that an amateur statistician had reported that What's My Line? has won 32 national awards. - Suzanne (2005) Jack Carter (b. 6/24/1923) Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Jack Carter, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf. Steve Allen had the night off.

Trivia (1)

  • GOOF: There was no name plaque for Sal Maglie and Duke Snider. Possibly, John forgot to put it in place. - Suzanne (2005)